ENG08009 2019 Transportation Engineering 401H

General Details

Full Title
Transportation Engineering 401H
Transcript Title
Transportation Engineering 401
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (Add-on)

The learner will be able to collect, analyse and present traffic and transport data, evaluate and develop transport demand models, determine how to assess future transport needs for all users, formulate sustainable transport policies and measures, and produce transport and traffic assessments for development planning and management purposes. The learner shall also have knowledge of light and heavy rail transport infrastructure and facilities

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Plan, manage and expedite group traffic and transport surveys and determine the sampling, collection and analysis of traffic and topographic data for transportation planning, traffic management, sustainable travel and land transport scheme projects.


Describe, analyse and formulate traffic planning and demand models and methodologies for transportation system planning and design to meet the future needs of all users.


Determine the criteria and methodologies for the promotion, planning and development of sustainable travel modes and infrastructure.


Evaluate the requirements for transportation and traffic assessments for development plans and development management for the upgrading of existing transport systems to provide more efficient and sustainable operation in both urban and rural areas.


Determine the characteristics and associated infrastructure of light and heavy rail and connected and autonomous vehicle modes of transport and their role as components of integrated transportation networks.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the use of both direct verbal and visual instruction (theory lectures and project briefings), kinesthetic and visual learning by demonstration and then application by the learner, and aural learning by giving instruction and guidance during practical work and assignments. 

Group interaction and enquiry-based learning is encouraged during assignments and project work using regular project update meetings to review progress and facilitate group discussion and decision-making.

The learning is also supplemented by independent learning with library, on-line and digital resources available for learners to research publications and knowledge for assignments, project work and to complement theory from lectures.

Project work may also be designed to provide traffic and travel data for Highway Engineering 402H module project work, where appropriate.

This strategy is accommodated by providing two hours per week of both theory lectures and project classes.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module is assessed using blended mix of final semester examination (70%) and practical fieldwork, and design and report work (30%).

Each learner must achieve a mark of at least 40% to pass the module and meet the learning outcomes.

Assessment of the examination and submitted project reports shall be summative in form. Formative assessment will also be used continuously during the project and report work to guide and provide feedback on progress to the learner.

Group work is assessed by determining the individual contribution of each learner in the group using group meetings, discussion and feedback. The minutes of project review meetings are also used to record the individual contribution of each learner to the group work and output.

A proportion of the overall project continuous assessment is allocated for leadership, teamwork, and individual contribution to practical fieldwork, design, and the development of methodology and scheduling of tasks and personnel.


Repeat Assessments

Learners must achieve the pass mark of 40% by successfully repeating the final exam, project work or by re-submitting project reports, depending on the failed element.

Module Dependencies

ENG07040 201900 Highway Engineering 301

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Traffic and travel survey data analysis. Sampling theory and determination of sample size and error. 
  2. Traffic and transportation planning and forecasting. Analytical traffic planning process. Trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, and traffic assignment models. Modelling software. Traffic growth and forecasting. Project management and appraisal guidelines.
  3. Traffic and mobility management systems for both urban and rural transport networks. National, regional and local transport planning. 
    Urban traffic management alternatives and strategies. Improving traffic flow & influencing public transport usage. Road safety. Energy conservation & environmental impact mitigation of transport. Development of hierarchical land transport infrastructure. 
  4. Sustainable travel and transport modes. Promoting cycling, walking and other sustainable and active travel modes. Sustainable and integrated urban area travel networks. Rural transport systems.
  5. Transportation and traffic assessments for development plans and development management. Workplace Travel Plans. Sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMP). Promotion and design for sustainable modes of travel, i.e. public transport, cycling, walking and car sharing/pooling. Sustainable transport infrastructure design. Integrated design of urban roads and streets (DMURS).
  6. Characteristics and associated infrastructure for light rail and heavy rail modes of transport and their role as components of integrated land transportation networks. Connected and autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure.

Indicative Practicals/Projects 

  1. Use of total stations, GPS and software to produce digital terrain modelling data for topographical surveys and traffic assessments.
  2. Urban traffic surveys - Origin-destination, parking and turning movement studies of existing junctions and systems. Use of software to forecast future flows (TRICS). Live and on-line travel questionnaires.
  3. Sustainable travel plans and transport assessment case study.
  4. Written assignment - Topic relating to sustainable urban and regional transport/traffic plans.
  5. Design of rail, waterway, and airport transportation infrastructure
  6. Written assignment - International trends in urban traffic planning and sustainable modes of transport.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Projects Continuous Assessment Project 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final written exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Design Projectwork Flat Classroom Projects 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Design Projectwork Flat Classroom Projects 30 UNKNOWN 30.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 32.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-05-31 Highway Engineering John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118378151 ISBN-13 1118378156

The repair, renovation and replacement of highway infrastructure, along with the provision of new highways, is a core element of civil engineering, so this book covers basic theory and practice in sufficient depth to provide a solid grounding to students of civil engineering and trainee practitioners. Moves in a logical sequence from the planning and economic justification for a highway, through the geometric design and traffic analysis of highway links and intersections, to the design and maintenance of both flexible and rigid pavements Covers geometric alignment of highways, junction and pavement design, structural design and pavement maintenance Includes detailed discussions of traffic analysis and the economic appraisal of projects Makes frequent reference to the Department of Transports Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Places the provision of roads and motorways in context by introducing the economic, political, social and administrative dimensions of the subject

Required Reading
Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets DTTAS

Recommended Reading
1997 Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering Elsevier
ISBN 9780340662793 ISBN-13 0340662794

Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering is a comprehensive textbook on principles and practice. It includes sections on transport policy and planning, traffic surveys and accident investigation, road design for capacity and safety, and traffic management. Clearly written and illustrated, the book is ideal reading for students of transport, transport planning, traffic engineering and road design. Written by senior academics in the field of transport, it is a worthy successor to the widely acclaimed first volume of O'Flaherty's Highways. The content has been expanded and thoroughly updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in this topical area.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See Booklist.

Journal Resources

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers -Transport

ISSN 0965-092X | E-ISSN 1751-7710

Proceedings of Irish Transport Research Network Conference- www.itrn.ie


Other Resources

Moodle Page

Yeats Library, IT Sligo

Additional Information